The Immediate Book Meme – Jen’s Answers

Playing along with the Darwins.  Join the Fun!   photo by Evan Laurence Bench Mrs. Darwin writes: There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let’s focus on something more revealing: the books you’re actually reading now, or just read, [Read More...]

Papal Economics – The Game is Afoot!

For those interested in taking up the Papal Economics discussion-group challenge, Theodore Seeber has gotten us started.  The man knows how to get an argument going, I’ll give him that.  Respond in his combox, or at your own blog and leave a link.  I’ll follow-up with my own thoughts in a few days. [Read more...]

Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten

Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten My rating: 4 of 5 stars This slender volume is a quick and easy read which may surprise you with the sheer variety and individuality of the converts. Buffalo Bill rubs shoulders with Wallace Stevens, who scoots over for John Wayne and Gary Cooper. [Read More...]

Catholicism and The Lord of the Rings

Have you ever wondered just why people might say The Lord of the Rings is a really Catholic book? Scott and I, feeling the heavy weight of the One Ring, happily accept Seth Wilson’s kind assistance in a discussion of story and faith in The Lord of the Rings at A Good Story Is Hard [Read More...]

The Gargoyle Code & Other Fun – What to Read this Lent

I’m reminded that Lent is around the corner, and that means you want a book to read.  I put together this list in 2012, and looking back every one of these titles remains a top pick of mine.  I’ve added a few updates to my comments.  Good books just don’t get outdated.  They don’t.  Enjoy! [Read More...]

They Crept In: Latest Review Books On My “To Read” Stack

I have been trying hard to have a different attitude toward review books. Like any blogger who gets free books (free books! calloo callay!) it is easy to go overboard, commit to more reading time than there are hours in the day, and take everything offered whether or not you are suited to the style. [Read More...]

Stop what you’re reading. Get this book. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion My rating: 5 of 5 stars You know it’s an unusual book when your mother forces you to read it by threatening you with guilt at her deathbed if you don’t try it. (Ahem. Not that I’ve left any of my mother’s book suggestions lingering too long on my [Read More...]

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir My rating: 4 of 5 stars Astronaut Mark Watney is marooned on Mars after a freak dust storm literally blows him away from his crewmates. Thinking he’s dead, the mission is scrubbed and the rest of the crew head back to Earth. Mark hopes to survive until the next NASA [Read More...]

Papal Economics, Anyone?

Hey book reading public, I’m working through my review copy of Papal Economics, and I could really use a discussion group. Anyone interested? Here’s the scoop: 1. It’s a good book. As analyses of the intersection between history, economic theory, papal encyclicals, and political ideology go, it’s eminently readable. I’m a good ways in, and [Read More...]

With Design this good I almost don’t care about a story: S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S. by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst I can’t rate this book yet because I just got it home from the library and took a good look at it. That “good look” took me 15 delighted minutes. Why so long? Because this “1949″ book, perfectly designed in the style of the time, has a correspondence going [Read More...]